A personal reflection

In the years leading up to this piece of research, and before my career in academia had begun, my personal and professional experiences not only informed decisions about which university courses to take, but were, retrospectively, instrumental in shaping this thesis. My life and work as a musician in Bristol instilled within me a sense that creative people have emotive, active, and performative relationships with their cities, taught me that the expression of ideas need not only be through the written word, and inspired later thoughts about how the city is best imagined, not as a strictly defined set of spaces, but as a complex terrain upon which people establish their own sense of place. Through my entrepreneurial journeying as a graphic designer, I discovered that the creative economy operates on informal as well as formal connections, and also sowed the seeds for many of the metaphors and terminologies that are present throughout this research. Most recently, through hiking and mountaineering, I developed my interest in walking as both psychical and psychological mobility, and from this, my efforts to establish an on-foot methodology for capturing spatially informed insights has grown.